My father had six sons (I’m number four). Five of us Nauman boys are avid motorcycle enthusiasts and three of us still call Central Illinois home. Of the three, Larry and Dave both have late model Honda 750 Shadows while my steed is an ancient 1981 Kawasaki KZ1100A. I bought it when it was new. The paint is faded from blue to purple, the seat is torn, it’s needed a new exhaust system for the past ten years, and when we ride I’m asked to be at the tail end of the group because they don’t want to “eat my rust”. Someday, when the budget allows, I’ll restore it rather than replace it because I’ve not seen any ride made since then that I like as much as this one. And it still goes faster than my reaction time so why tempt fate? Had I known it would last this long, I would have taken better care of it.
Cruising in the summer and fall, is one of our favorite pastimes. Winter in not practical and spring is impossible for me because of morel season. We simply take off with no particular place to go and no map needed. “Putting some wind in your hair” is one of the greatest stress reducers I know of. Read more